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October 17, 2021

Certainly Strange

PNW Trip

I’m going up north to upgrade my car’s battery and visit my brother. It will be the first time I’ve left the state since before 2019… fingers crossed!

by Steen at October 17, 2021 07:44 AM

Doctor Popular

Teaching An Old Doc New Tricks

For the newest episode of PopCast, I filmed myself learning a new trick called the Ghost Slack. You can watch it here.

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by doc at October 17, 2021 02:58 AM

October 16, 2021

I Like Turtles

Monterey

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October 16, 2021 04:00 AM

October 11, 2021

Certainly Strange

More Pencil Studies

I should be doing digital drawing for practice, but I’m much slower at digital drawing and it is much more difficult for me. So for quick easy sketches to just understand the structure of the drapery (etc) I’ve been using pencil. Although I fully realize that part of the reason pencil is easier for me … Continue reading "More Pencil Studies"

by Steen at October 11, 2021 06:24 AM

October 10, 2021

I Like Turtles

Palm Springs wedding

/2021/10/10/palm-springs-wedding.html

October 10, 2021 04:00 AM

October 04, 2021

Doctor Popular

Adding Color to Black and White Photos With @colorize_bot on Twitter

I’ve been having a lot of fun sending some of my 35mm film photographs to a twitterbot that utilizes artificial intelligence to add color to black-and-white photos. The bot is called @colorize_bot (not to be confused with a long-dormant bot named @colorizebot). The results are pretty cool:

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by doc at October 04, 2021 04:47 PM

Certainly Strange

Reprised Cake Photo

I decided to reprise my Romulan cake photo, with a different rainbow cake and a different Romulan uniform. Honestly I just really like to eat cake.

by Steen at October 04, 2021 07:28 AM

mrcoles

Learning how to cook as a software engineer

Learning how to cook as a software engineer

October 04, 2021 06:05 AM

Claire Kao

LA: a wedding & Everything Now

we went to a beautiful, lovely dovely, love-filled wedding in LA last week for our dear friends Ben & Regina:
all in attendance were vaccinated, we tested negative for COVID before and after the event. it felt all the more precious to be with much-loved friends after a good amount of time away. we definitely aren't making gatherings a habit right now, but are taking precautions, choosing wisely, and savoring the celebration ⭐✨

so happy to see my bestie, a genuine Good People™, all married up with someone who is just as wonderful, kind, and brilliant. They are fantastic partners and complements to each other, and I'm excited for the world they are building together. all my love to R&B 🎶♥

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To complement the trip to LA, I read Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles, a book that attempts to explain Los Angeles via interviews, observations, anecdotes, notes, and quotes about the place. As a native Angeleno who has fully adopted New York City, I feel the whole range of human feeling toward Los Angeles, and am always eager to engage with something that might help me process. I loved this book, and in fact, agree that: 
 Everything Now should be handed out to everyone who gets off a plane at LAX.
a review blurb from Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men and creator of Lodge 49
 
When I was going through my photos from the trip, the book resonated with me so much that I decided to overlay some of my pictures with passages from the book: 

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Several takeaways by the end: 
- I have to cut LA some slack. the place is so much bigger than my experience of it; the people so much more than the insular communities I grew up in.
- in many ways, my frustrations with Los Angeles are my frustrations with the country at large. The car culture, the sheltered & paranoid nature of suburbia, the valuing of private property over public life & community, the racism & segregation, etc. Since I know it quite well and it manifests so much, it's an easy target.
- my rage and anger at the injustice and inequality presented in so many parts of LA history and ecology is absolutely valid.

all in all, I highly recommend and would be happy to lend the book 📚

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at October 04, 2021 05:47 AM

September 30, 2021

I Like Turtles

Marblehead wedding

/2021/09/30/marblehead-wedding.html

September 30, 2021 04:00 AM

September 27, 2021

Certainly Strange

Pencil Studies

I’ve just been doing a bunch of pencil studies lately, because I haven’t had the energy to draw much else

by Steen at September 27, 2021 07:09 AM

Claire Kao

johnny mnemonic

cult classic

The term "cult classic" is thrown around a lot, and I feel like I've found the closest validation of something's cult classic-status...by comparing a movie's Amazon Prime Video rating with its IMDb rating:

although the website description on Amazon Prime for Johnny Mnemonic (on the left) appears to be from another Keanu Reeves movie (Babes in Toyland, 1986). 
But seriously, check this out, 9/10 (4.5/5) vs. 5.7/10 😂

I appreciate this measurement. Movies that make it to cult classic status are not necessarily "good", but rather, for a small contingent of motivated people who actively seek them out, are truly fun, relevant, exciting, interesting, etc...

which brings me to this week's movie screenshots !!!

screenshots on screenshots on screenshots of Johnny Mnemonic

first things first, gotta appreciate a dated futuristic movie that takes place in the year you are currently watching it. compare and contrast vision and reality etc.

birds' eye shots: keanu in a red room with green velvet bed, keanu in a black & marble bathroom
look! at! this! the profile, the contrast, the lines, the lack of sideburn

this is 100% how computing and virtual reality have manifested in 2021, so good job Robert Longo

what a cast of characters: femme hero/distressed damsel in a chainmail crop top, a Christian religious fanatic killer-for-hire played by DOLPH LUNDGREN who is addicted to body modification and uses the proceeds of killing not toward religion as one would imagine but toward making himself more and more machine-like all while spewing the Gospel and word of the Lord as cover/justification (... 😶), Ice-T as the no-nonsense leader of a group of underground hackers/anarchists 
 

and a totally whacked out final sequence starring art film queen Barbara Sukowa (who was married to the film's director Robert Longo)

great fun and the ideas around screen addiction, transfer/preservation of secure digital information, and tech leading to exploitation are all too relevant in the year this movie was supposed to take place (*twenty twenty one*, in case you forgot). not every thread/character/plot point was complete but it was an entertaining jumble of concepts presented in a visually striking format ✨

Oh, and also, I discovered I had no idea how to pronounce the word "mnemonic"

manenanomic? manemonic??? some say new-monic which I think is bad pronunciation. 

It turns out it's something like "demonic", but with an n? 
Add this to the list of words that are spelled/pronounced in ironic and cruel ways like lisp, dyslexia, and stutter.

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at September 27, 2021 04:48 AM

September 22, 2021

Doctor Popular

1980’s “How To Breakdance Robot Style” poster turned into a gif

I came across this vintage poster from a Russian gym teacher today. It featured step by step instructions for how to “?????-????” or “break dance”. I immediately had to convert it into a gif.

via GIPHY

The original image was shared via Soviet Visuals on Twitter.

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by doc at September 22, 2021 06:08 PM

September 20, 2021

mrcoles

How to escape variables in formulas with the Airtable API

How to escape variables in formulas with the Airtable API

September 20, 2021 05:56 AM

Claire Kao

kwee’s week in photos

Have you ever seen a 6-foot tall dandelion forest 

The most never-ending yet satisfying
The pha a a a a a a ntom of the opera is there inside your mind 
🥠the good kind of pithy🥠

Hbd Clio

Drive-in Shang-chi
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Back when I worked in high-rise construction, I learned that one LEED point can be earned by designing a building with less reflective windows, in order to deter bird collision. NYT article about the advocacy/importance of the issue
And here’s the most recent update on a historic proposed initiative passed by NY city council regarding glass skyscrapers in NYC (though can’t find an update since December 2019, so I wonder if COVID-19 threw a wrench in furthering legislation)

and I don't have anything on snakes being run over by cars, but it was another directly human-caused animal death that I encountered this week (;′⌒`)

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at September 20, 2021 05:46 AM

Certainly Strange

September 19, 2021

Doctor Popular

Dinged up beats

I was practicing a new yo-yo move called a Möbius Kickflip, but I kept dropping my yo-yos. So I bought one of those pads for standing desks to help soften the landing. I had fun creating a yo-yo beat using the sounds of the dropped yo-yo in this video.

Here is another version of the trick, with less music but more flair.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CT-yId-Arcl/

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by doc at September 19, 2021 03:19 PM

I Like Turtles

Mt. Hood wedding

/2021/09/19/mt-hood-wedding.html

September 19, 2021 04:00 AM

September 13, 2021

Certainly Strange

A Mirror Universe Pietà

In anticipation of the upcoming Mirror Universe event, there’s been some more buzz about Mirror Hakeev and what we think our mirror counterparts are like. Here’s what I think:Mirror Hakeev and the Mirror Player Character (PC) still have their fates intertwined, just like in the Prime UniverseMirror Hakeev and Mirror PC are on the same … Continue reading "A Mirror Universe Pietà"

by Steen at September 13, 2021 05:11 AM

Claire Kao

read receipts

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Today, I was reading a lil column on one of my favorite people on the internet, Jaboukie Young-White. In the piece, he talks a bit about coded online-speak / generational grammatical etiquette, and eventually gets to *read receipts*:

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Once, as a New Year’s resolution, Young-White turned on read receipts, which notify the people you’re texting with when you’ve seen their messages. “The idea was, this will make me more accountable, so I won’t keep forgetting to respond,” he said. Instead, he forgot that the setting was on: when he let a conversation lag, it seemed like a snub. He said, “It was actually Bo”—the comedian Bo Burnham, another connoisseur of the ways in which the Internet is warping human relationships—“who told me my read receipts were on. He went, ‘I assumed it was a power move.’ ”

——The Standup who Doubles as a Digital Emily Post

Ick, seeing read receipts being described as a power move reminded me that I had to turn mine off once and for all. 

Claire and read receipts 


I’ve had read receipts on my messages for as long as I’ve had an iPhone. I thought I was serving some sort of radical transparency: “I saw your message” / “I didn’t see your message”

It also served me when I wanted to communicate to my a-hole BF at the time “I saw your message, I’m choosing not to respond”. But it’s 2021, that wasn’t super healthy, and he’s long gone…(though this is proving Bo’s point around power play)

And a dear friend was recently sharing with me how it didn’t feel great when her partner’s read receipts would show on a message and not follow with a message. He was seeing her message in the moment, why not just respond?? Since practically no one else I message is doing read receipts on their messages, I didn’t really know how it felt one way or another until my friend told me her experience with the other person! I’m the a-hole here 🔘

Many of my friends have told me my read receipts were dumb at some point. And I was clinging to them for absolutely no reason! So guess what, I’ve finally taken em off:
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Text me if you don’t believe me! And lmk how it feels at this point and if it’s 
a) an improvement in your life and our correspondence
b) no change
or
c) weird to not have them anymore bc you were used to it and it was communicating something useful to you 😈 

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at September 13, 2021 03:17 AM

September 11, 2021

Doctor Popular

The Dune NFT disaster (or how Not To market a Film)

I’m so excited about the Dune movie that I’m doing everything I can to avoid seeing any trailers or photos before its release, but the news of Dune NFTs still managed to spoil the film for me.

Why would Legendary Entertainment use NFTs, a technology famous for its high carbon footprint, to promote a story about the dangers destroying our planet?

From my twitter page https://twitter.com/DocPop/status/1436452792499990530

The marketing team should have seen this coming though. Look at the reactions when Aphex Twin, The Gorillaz, Charmin, Sega, and The Long Now Foundation released NFTs. NFTs offer no added value to a piece of art and are contributing to our climate crisis in the process. Given the negativity towards NFTs, I don’t know why any brand would want to be associated with them.

One common trend in all of these disastrous NFT launches is the follow up tweet announcing that the company knows that Ethereum, the most common blockchain used for NFTs, is a waste of tremendous energy, but they’ll be sure to do some carbon offsets to make up for the damage. Like, why not just cancel the NFT in the first place?

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by doc at September 11, 2021 05:12 PM

September 10, 2021

I Like Turtles

Baseball... I mean, date night

/2021/09/10/baseball-i-mean-date-night.html

September 10, 2021 04:00 AM

September 09, 2021

Doctor Popular

How to season store bought pretzels

I’ve been seasoning store bought pretzels with my own spices lately and love the results. This works great with Szechuan peppercorn, Chinese five spice, chili powder, or anything else you can think up. For the above recipe I use some “Everything But The Bagel” spice from Trader Joes.

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DIY seasoned pretzels

Add some extra flavor to any store-bought pretzels with this technique.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword pretzel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Resting time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 1 bag
Calories 230kcal
Cost $5

Equipment

  • 1 gallon ziplock bag

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Pretzels Use your favorite ordinary pretzel (ie Rolds Gold, Safeway brand, etc). If your seasoning has salt, try using unsalted pretzels.
  • 2 tbsp seasoning For this example, I use Trader Joe's "Everything But The Bagel" spice, but use whatever you like and season to taste.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Pour your seasoning and 1/2 cup vegetable oil into the Ziploc bag.
    2 tbsp seasoning, 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Add the pretzels, close the bag, and shake well.
    1 bag Pretzels
  • Let the bag site for 12-24 hours. Shaking the bag every hour or two to keep the seasoning evenly applied.

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by doc at September 09, 2021 10:25 PM

September 08, 2021

Claire Kao

Repairing your COVID-19 Vaccine record with the DOH (for NYC), an ongoing saga; updated: resolved!

How to prove you’re vaccinated for COVID-19

In NYC, you can currently prove your vaccination status in 3 ways:
1. The paper CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that you received when you were vaccinated
2. By uploading a picture of your vaccination record card to the NYC COVID SAFE app
3. By logging in and receiving QR-code credentials from the NY State Excelsior app that is connected to local health authorities’ records

The problem with #1 is slippery fingers—what to do if you misplace/lose things. The problem with #2 is any picture can be uploaded and there is no verification at work

Which leaves #3—the Excelsior app. 

But the roll-out for NY State's Excelsior app has been far from perfect—and my COVID-19 immunization record appears to have been lost in the shuffle:
 
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Though I have my paper vaccination record card on hand, I'd like to be verified on the Excelsior app and also have my records up-to-date at the local DOH. I've been googling and calling phone numbers left and right, so I figured I would record my experience here until this gets resolved...

A Couple of Dead Ends

There's a ton of articles and official guides out there on how to repair your record that all say rather vaguely to:
reach out to their vaccine administrators or testing sites directly.

I was vaccinated in early 2021, so both city-run sites that I was vaccinated at no longer administer vaccines. This leaves me with no idea how to get in touch with the site and/or administrators! There is also no contact information on any of my scheduling emails. 

So I continued googling further, and somewhere along the way saw that some people had success calling the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) at 347-396-2400. I called, and someone surprisingly answered very quickly. She gave a frustrated laugh that yet another person was calling about their COVID-19 immunization record. She pointed me toward the CIR email (cir@health.nyc.gov) and told me to write them with the following information: 
  • full name
  • address
  • dates of vaccinations
  • type of vaccine
  • phone number 
And told me the CIR would take 2 weeks to resolve the issue and reply. 
Bear in mind the header of this section, this direction has largely been a dead end...it's been two weeks and I haven't heard back...

What is the deal???

According to the New York Times
If nearly all information does not match what the vaccination agency entered, even because of a typo, it will not generate the pass. Some 4 percent of users who tried to get passes in the app’s opening months were unable to, the state said.

And it seems like some bad software development/database management is to blame...

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Not until June, the contract indicates, did the app make it possible for someone who has periods in their name (like T.J.) to retrieve a pass.
After three attempts, in which I reentered the same information each time, it worked. 
The hiccups in the state's immunization database, which are causing Excelsior Pass registrants to see a dreaded "We couldn't find your pass" screen appear on the registration website, are apparently being caused by a mix of clerical errors, inconsistent data gathering and the occasional cases in which people with identical names — but different birthdates — are being rejected because the system has merged their identities.

🤯🤯🤯

Where I'm at now

After the 2-week mark had passed on getting a reply from the CIR, I tried looking for a solution once again. This time, I called the Excelsior Pass Help Desk at 844-699-7277. I swear, when I called this line 2 weeks ago, I was passed off to an unending line of prompts that ended up never getting me to a human being. This time however I was able to talk to a person rather quickly, who was able to look up my record! It turned out that at my 2nd vaccination, the vaccine administrator never input my phone number and zip code. (!!!)

I was given a phone number to call to make updates to my immunization record, and I was super excited until...I saw that it was the number for the General Inquiries NYC 311 hotline (212-639-9675). I called this number and an exhausted phone operator walked me through the 311 website to get to the "My Vaccination Record" page. From here, I checked my record, and indeed an error message appeared, and I was pointed toward a form that I could fax/mail in order to correct my record: https://myvaccinerecord.cityofnewyork.us/myrecord/files/record-request-application-EN-72b4fc8d135542fdd1367eb895bac331.pdf.

I'm faxing this sucker in with additional information on my situation, and we'll just have to see what happens from here...to be continued...

Update 9/8/21—all good now!

Weeks after all of this, I finally got an email that my record was updated:
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And sure enough, I tried to get my pass this morning, and it worked:
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success !     ヽ(✿゚▽゚)ノ
 

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at September 08, 2021 03:31 PM

September 06, 2021

Claire Kao

kwee’s week in photos

holy matrimony 👰💒🤵 congrats to amanda brian ♥


Out of sight, out of mind
my friend's upper-floor apartment flooded this week because of Hurricane Ida...from the roof down the central stairwell 😰. She's okay though frustrated, and temporarily displaced. we were okay in our neighborhood, but are horrified at and shaken by the chaos being wreaked by climate change

rotting or sunburnt ???

ajax + c + p (not our dog, Isabelle's dog)
😳

bassam tariq in the background, at my beloved film forum
accidentally matchy babies

a fondest, funnest, funniest, funkiest bday to my dearest reid 

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at September 06, 2021 06:42 AM

Certainly Strange

Doctor Popular

Möbius love for #moebiusseptember

Möbius is a substyle of yo-yoing that I created back in 2000. It’s a quick release method that allows you to easily open up the slipknot from around your finger and do tricks inside the fingerloop. In the already niche world of yo-yoing, Möbius is a niche of a niche.

This month, some yo-yoers and myself are trying to promote Möbius using the hashtag #moebiusseptember. I’ve shared a few of my favorite tricks, like this one:

I’m also doing a name this trick contest for that möbius trick on my Patreon. I also shared this picture trick on Twitter.

I’ll be posting much more möbius tricks on youtube and instagram this month.

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by doc at September 06, 2021 03:15 AM

September 03, 2021

I Like Turtles

First day of Pre-K

/2021/09/03/first-day-of-prek.html

September 03, 2021 04:00 AM

August 30, 2021

Certainly Strange

August 29, 2021

I Like Turtles

Fancy Friday

/2021/08/29/fancy-friday.html

August 29, 2021 04:00 AM

August 24, 2021

Doctor Popular

John Cleese sued a critic over a “thoroughly nasty” review

Since John Cleese is releasing a new TV series called John Cleese: Cancel Me, which claims to “explore why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.”, I want to tell you about the time he used British libel laws to silence a critic.

In 2002, Peter Clark wrote an editorial article for The Evening Standard titled “Has John Cleese Lost His Funny Bone?”. The critic takes jabs at Cleese for being stuck in a series of mediocre films and tv shows since the eighties. “With the exception of A Fish Called Wanda,” Peter Clark wrote, “the laughs have died in our throats.”

Of course you know where this is going.

John Cleese sued the The Evening Standard for libel in 2003 and won (?!). The judge, Mr Justice Eady, stated the article did not have any affect on Cleese’s career:

“I doubt in the light of the evidence, despite his own apprehensions, that his well-established reputation here and elsewhere will have been significantly damaged, if at all.”

Mr Justice Eady

Despite this lack of evidence, the Judge still ruled in Cleese’s favor stating “If they choose to attack someone of particular sensitivity or vulnerability, they must, generally speaking, be ready to take the consequences.”. The Evening Standard was forced to pay £13,500 in libel damages. According to an article in The Guardian, The Standard also faced a bill of approximately £120,000 related to this case.

“He may, perhaps, by some people’s standards, be regarded as unduly sensitive about this unpleasant article but his hurt feelings are certainly genuine.”

Mr Justice Eady

So yeah, the guy who is making an entire show about “cancel culture” once used a frivolous law suit to silence a critic. Apparently the judge in this case has a long history of using libel laws to prevent freedom of speech and the case itself is such a shocking abuse of using libel laws to censor critics that Brian Winston wrote about it in his book, “The Right To Offend”.

The article itself has almost completely been wiped from existence. The Evening Standard removed it from their site and all the archives seem to be deleted. I was only able to find one single copy of the article still online, thanks to a nearly 20 year old post on a Monty Python fan site called The Daily Llama. Just to make sure there are two copies online, I’m posting the original article in it’s entirety below (as found on The Daily Llama):


So, Has John Cleese Lost His Funny Bone?

“So, has John Cleese lost his funny bone? How the legendary comedian faces humiliation after his latest TV flop” by Pete Clark published in the Evening Standard – London on 11 April 2002 (Section A, p. 32)

THERE are not so many British comedy heroes around that we can afford to be snippy about any of them. However, an exception has to made to this rule in the case of John Cleese.

The straight-faced buffoon who silly-walked his way up and down the nation’s collective funny bone, the complex bigot Basil Fawlty who, by turns, barked and cowered through the finest sitcom ever to appear on television, has now become the most disastrous bore. The news that his latest comedy series has been shown the door after only two episodes is simply confirmation of a sad truth that was already widely whispered: Cleese’s humour has fallen off its perch, he is now officially an ex-comedian, his only gags are old ones repeated parrot-fashion.

It falls to us to savour the irony of the fact that the fall which ended his decline should take place in America. Last year, Cleese announced that he was leaving these rain-lashed shores for the brain-softening sunshine of California. Apart from the weather, the principal reason he gave was that the British had somehow contrived to lose their sense of humour. Citing his height and satirical bent as talents which had mysteriously transformed themselves into intolerable burdens, Cleese set off on the yellow brick road without so much as a kiss goodbye.

Now that he has run into a roadblock, it would be churlish not to smile.

Americans who used to bend our ears about how much they loved Fawlty and our Monty Python – heavy stress always on the second syllable of the second word – have turned on Cleese. His puzzlingly entitled show, Wednesday 9.30 (8.30 Central), has drawn vitriol from a nation that he must have thought had milk and honey coursing in its veins. “Bad” and “desperate” are just two of the adjectives buzzing angrily in the ether. The hubris of this perma-tanned, wannabe Bob Hope has been richly rewarded.

Beyond the fleeting pleasure in seeing a bitcher bitched at, there is no satisfaction to be gained from watching a talent on the skids.

Anyone who has maintained even a cursory interest in Cleese’s career will know that the past 25 years have been an agonisingly slow death. With the exception of A Fish Called Wanda, the laughs have died in our throats.

Outside the straight-to-video quagmire, Fierce Creatures is the worst film many people have seen. Clockwise was OK, except that one could see the mechanism. The Sainsbury’s commercials stopped me from entering a shop which I knew had perfectly decent butter and ice-cream.

These, however, were merely symptoms of a deeper malaise. The root of the problem was that Cleese decided that comedy was something he could knock off in his spare time, and that quality time should be spent at the deep end of life’s swimming pool. He formed a company which made videos for corporate clients and lots of money for him. He went to a shrink obsessively, possibly in the belief that inside every tall satirist is a small Woody Allen trying to get out. He married and divorced a few women, and started writing books full of condescending psychobabble.

He began to analyse humour as if it were susceptible to a microscope. The humour drained from him visibly, as if he were attached to a reverse life-support system.

The message for Cleese is simple: come home. We knew you were having a funny turn when you suggested that a comedian could nurture his gifts in California. There are no banana skins there, all impromptu mayhem and spontaneous drama – the very stuff of his comic genius – have been surgically removed. The only answer is to come home and face the weather and the critics.

Our weird neuroses and peculiar accommodation with life will feed your muse again.

Like mushrooms, our humour thrives in the dark and damp. California will reduce you to a wrinkled prune. If you don’t return, all is lost. You will have reserved your place in history, and it will be as a latterday Norman Wisdom. That would be a shame.

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by doc at August 24, 2021 04:25 PM

August 23, 2021

Certainly Strange

NEW New Project

I have too many ongoing projects I need to finish some of them up :-/ The latest and greatest venture is to modify this five dollar wrestler doll I bought from ebay

by Steen at August 23, 2021 06:52 AM

mrcoles

How to expose inputs (editable values) in a Google Sheets model

How to expose inputs (editable values) in a Google Sheets model

August 23, 2021 05:11 AM

Claire Kao

🚗 Berkshires weekend 🚗

Last weekend we made a nice lil weekend trip to the Berkshires 

towns we visited: Lenox, Lee, Becket, Stockbridge, Great Barrington

And on *Friday the 13th* we took in:

a ghost tour at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home. It was thundering and lightning-ing, and the air had a damp heat to it. I wasn't exactly scared, but I didn't feel right the whole time. butterflies in my stomach, skin-crawling spine-tingling unease. I also happened to be reading Lincoln in the Bardo, which added to the sense that the dead are ~among us~

Afterward, we settled in at the hotel and tucked in by watching:
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Barbarella on the hotel TV. I had always heard of Barbarella, but probably wouldn't have ever sought it out myself——am having a good time with the hotel movies these days.

The next day, we took in:
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Art at Shakespeare and Co. Such a fun, complicated play exploring how we define ourselves, often using the people around us, and the sometimes paradoxical struggles of friendship. A very you-can't-live-with-them, you-can't-live-without-them, hell-is-other-people type of play, though with a hopeful swing up in the end? 
Also, we learned from a local that the Shakespeare & Co. campus used to be the site of an extremist Christian cult, here’s some more on that local lore:
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1987/09/19/bible-speaks-property-to-be-sold/6132a3b9-fce4-477f-94f0-ff62c18da1ad/
- https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-10-03-me-3013-story.html
- https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/controversial-reverend-dies/article_15531797-8016-5ded-875d-0aff51960059.html
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_re_The_Bible_Speaks

After the play, we visited an antique store and made off with a:
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$16 haul from finders keepers

We then ended the day with a:
Tanglewood picnic under the stars, the BSO playing Figaro Gets a Divorce, a piano concerto by Ravel, and Elgar's Enigma Variations. There were a huge number of people picnicking and I was amazed at how silent and reverent the crowd was the entire evening. 

For our final intake of culture, we rounded out the weekend with:
LaTasha Barnes' The Jazz Continuum at Jacob's Pillow. We signed up for a workshop in the morning, which meant dancing with the very same dancers we would see perform later that day, learning some of the easier steps from their show. While LaTasha Barnes taught from the front of the room, Duane Lee Holland danced masked up with me and Peter, walking us through the steps. I have a ballet background, so it was liberating experiencing a different mindset to dance: dance steps not as rules and structure, but as gentle underpinnings of physical exploration, as expression of joy and freedom; dance performance not as rarefied exhibition but as participative and communal movement. 
caught in the act: peter practicing some of what we learned from LaTasha Barnes 

by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at August 23, 2021 04:59 AM

August 22, 2021

Doctor Popular

The Slew, a turntable based rock band

I just wanted to share this old track by The Slew, a turntable based rock band featuring Kid Koala and Dynamite D. The song is called “It’s All Over” and the music video was shot on a Fisher Price PXL2000, an old videocamera that was designed for children and records entirely on audio cassette tapes.

The whole album is sick. Check it out on Bandcamp

The Slew – 100% by Kid Koala

Or watch this live performance from 2009 featuring Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, the former rhythm section for Wolfmother.

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by doc at August 22, 2021 03:19 PM

August 21, 2021

I Like Turtles

SinDex back in action

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August 21, 2021 04:00 AM

August 16, 2021

Certainly Strange

The titty meme

I couldn’t help myself when I saw redraws of the titty meme going around, I had to do one with Hakeev and Janek

by Steen at August 16, 2021 04:47 AM

Doctor Popular

“One More Light” a beautiful tribute to yo-yoers we’ve lost throughout the years

Josh Yee recently post this beautiful tribute video to yo-yoers who have passed away in the past 20 years or so. That’s about how long I’ve been in the seen, so it was nice to be reminded of some of my friends I no longer get to chat with. I was happy to see Ryan “Houdini” Monson in there. I think about him frequently, mostly from our chats or his old posts, but I hadn’t actually watched any his old videos in a while. It was great to see him again.

Thanks, Josh, for sharing this wonderful video.

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by doc at August 16, 2021 04:18 AM

Claire Kao

When Google removes your Chrome Extension from the web store...

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I posted this article on Indie Hackers this week: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/google-removed-our-4m-user-chrome-extension-this-is-what-happened-and-how-we-fixed-it-851c785b10

I'm still getting a feel for "building in public" and different ways of using public online spaces to share lessons learned, ask questions, seek support, etc. It all feels very alien to me, as I'm more of a one-on-one, in-person type of person, but I can recognize the benefits. I started out with this piece on our Chrome Web Store debacle because it felt like a situation that a) I wanted to wrap my head around better and b) could help others with.

soooo, here we go! wish me luck on future building in public, be nice, etc.

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say something nice, I dare you




by Claire (claire.kao@hey.com) at August 16, 2021 02:18 AM

August 15, 2021

I Like Turtles

Family camping, take one

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August 15, 2021 04:00 AM